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It’s Calgary Flames Day at PHT

Aug 3, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT

Sean Monahan AP

Throughout the month of August, PHT will be dedicating a day to all 30 NHL clubs. Today’s team?  The Calgary Flames.

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Do we really need to review the 2013-14 season for the Calgary Flames?

OK, so it was a special one for … Mark Giordano and a couple other players. There was also the advent of Sean Monahan (pictured), and maybe just as importantly, “Boring Sean Monahan.”

If the Flames release on of those “Season Yearbook” DVDs – do they still make those for random sports teams, even ones who experienced unremarkable years? – it would probably be titled, “That could have been worse: the 2013-14 Calgary Flames.”

Sure, finishing with the fourth-worst record in the NHL was bad, but they weren’t anywhere near as futile as the Buffalo Sabres or as frustrating as the Edmonton Oilers. Their -32 goal differential advances the argument that they were at least “scrappy” when you consider their Alberta natives went -67 last season (and the Sabres fell by a resounding -91).

In the grand scheme of things, the Flames hope to shake the Etch-a-Sketch on that forgettable campaign.

Offseason

Besides, that tough year landed them another key piece in Sam Bennett, who might eventually help the Flames pull themselves up (sorry) from the doldrums.

The most important offseason move came in the front office, as the Flames hired new GM Brad Treliving. Of course, with a dominant (and fairly well-defined) personality in the pecking order in Brian Burke, many of Treliving’s moves will inspire the “is that the really Burkie?” type questions. Especially when it comes to adding guys who played for the Anaheim Ducks (Jonas Hiller) or paying far too much for players who do little other than punch other players (Deryk Engelland). In the grand scheme of things, allowing Mike Cammalleri to walk was the right move, although one could argue that they should have been more willing to part with him for something at the trade deadline.

The Hiller signing is intriguing, although one cannot help but wonder if the Swiss goalie will help the Flames be just good enough to miss a high spot in the coveted 2015 NHL Draft while not elevating them enough to make the playoffs.

Then again, when you take a glance at the roster, it’s easy to see that this Flames team remains … a work in progress. Translation: Hiller might get Olympic flashbacks of trying to carry Swiss teams to victory on more than a few nights.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 3, 2014 at 8:26 AM

    Also important to remember the key signing of Mason Raymond, he’ll be an asset next year for sure in Calgary

  2. luz56 - Aug 3, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    Looking forward to the upcoming season with all the youth on Flames… Not sure that it’s enough but effort and hustle every night is what they have

  3. wishingtonredslur - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    Nope. This story is a failure. Pretty painfully obvious you’re not a fan or follower. Roster looks pretty good to me, best in years with a little more depth than the Flames have had since Sutter. 2013-2014 was typically one bounce and one goal away from being really-really good.

    • govtminion - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:16 PM

      They finished 26th out of 30. Find all the positives you want- and yes, there are some, Hiller in particular was a great pickup- but at the end of the day they had a pretty rotten year… again. And in a tough West, I don’t see them getting into the playoffs this year either unless they do a remarkable ’14 Avalanche-style turnaround.

      So… maybe the problem isn’t the author not knowing what he’s talking about, but that you’re not willing to see the reality of the team- that they’re just not particularly great over the past several seasons, and aren’t likely to be this season either.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    The challenge is that the 4th place team in the pacific is not necessarially in the playoffs, as the central may take 5 slots again. After the Kings, Ducks and Sharks, they’ll contend with the nucks and yotes for 4th, hoping to have more points than the 5th place team in the central, which looks like it is even more likely the be the alpha division.

  5. drewsylvania - Aug 7, 2014 at 11:33 AM

    The Flames have been bad for seemingly forever, and putting Burke in charge isn’t likely to fix that. What’s the problem out there? Ownership?

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